Mon, Sep 28 | SHORT FILM

Los Ausentes

(Mexico - 2019 - 17 minutes) Fantasy With only three songs in his repertoire, 7-year-old huapanguero Rafaelito must face the first obstacle in his short career. Screens in the collection BENJI’S COSMIC PICKS II
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Los Ausentes

Time & Location

Sep 28, 2020, 5:00 PM PDT

About The Event


Zoom Day 5- September 28

With only three songs in his repertoire, the trio of huapangueros of 7 year old Rafaelito,

must face his first obstacle in his short career, enliven a wake in a community of Huaxteca

Potosina region.

Directed by Jose L. Herbert

Shot in stark black & white, Los Ausentes (The Absents) brings into the mystical and tones of young life, work, and death through music, songs, and dance. Even the devil makes an eventful appearance in a small village in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The performance of young Rafaelito and the Huaxteca community are captured through the voice and lens of the camera giving way to a coming-of-age story that is haunting and inspirational.

“I am originally from the San Luis Potosí, my grandparents raised me under certain traditions of the huasteca region such as the Day of the Dead (XANTOLO) and listening to they’re songs, Huasteco. Uniting these two traditions and telling a story under a musical narrative, was the initial idea of this project. I always dreamed of working with my grandmother on a film project. When I started writing Los Ausentes, her face was always projected on the face of the old woman in the film. I did not hesitate twice to invite her to participate.

It is said that Mexicans are very attached to death. Los Ausentes is a firm portrait of what the first encounter with death is like. What I wanted to express was pain through the gaze and songs of three children singing to a widow. Nostalgia for me is a delicate and aching feeling that leaves us with a knot in our soul.“

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